Riding is risky, but you can lessen the danger. When you are well-educated about motorcycle safety and drive with a few basic principles in mind, you can avoid the most common causes of accidents and injury.
Here are five tips to help you prevent a motorcycle accident:
- Watch the wheels, not the signal. The most common motorcycle accident occurs when a car turns left in front of a motorcycle. Cars are looking for other cars, not bikes. Watching the wheels of the cars you are approaching, and not the car itself, can give you early warning of a motorist’s intent.
- Take a safety course. Complete a motorcycle safety course from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to learn how to ride within your limits and find out about standards for safety gear and other safety information. You can take a course online, in person or on the track.
- Wear the right gear for your bike. Your gear is so important that some studies suggest it is the gear, not the bike, that provides the most safety for the rider. What is the right gear for your bike? Find out and use it.
- Slow in, fast out. Avoid washing out in a gravel patch, snow or rain and hitting obstacles on blind corners by entering corners wide at an easy pace so you can take in the hazards. Only ride as fast as you can see.
- Ride safely in a group. Ride in staggered formation with other motorcyclists, pay attention and don’t engage in risky behavior before or during riding, either alone or in a group. The largest study ever conducted on motorcycle accidents, the 1981 Hurt Report, cited alcohol as a factor in 50 percent of bike wrecks.
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, call Phoenix attorneys with more than 20 years of experience for a free consultation.